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Setting up a subsidiary

Starting a company in Japan may seem quite difficult.

Indeed, not only is it vital to know relevant Japanese laws, you also must go through the right channel and formalities to start and run a business.

However, with our experience and expertise, you can start a new business that meets your needs at a reasonable cost.


How much does it cost to set up a company?


Since a new Company legislation came in to effect in 2003, the minimum amount of capital required to set up a joint-stock company (a.k.a. ‘kabushiki gaisha E is just 1 yen. 

On the other hand, you will need to pay the registration fee of 150,000 yen to the Ministry of Justice. 


You should also know that the complete articles of association written by the agent would cost approximately 50,000-60,000 yen.

And the price for the company seal varies from 2,000 to 300,000 yen.


How do I set up a company?



You need to decide a promoter. 
Promoter is the one who decides basic matters and creates articles of association. 
The number of promoter should be more than one person. 
However, more promoter you have, more complicated the procedure becomes. 
We recommend you to have no more than 3 promoters to start a company. 
The promoter should hold at least one share. 
There is no specific qualification to become a promoter. 





Trade name should not be the same as the one that already exists. 
However, since the New Company Act 2006 came into force, it has become possible to register a similar name to the ones that already exist provided that it has the registered office at a different address. 
You can check at the Legal Affairs Bureau if the same trade name has already been registered. 
Next step is drawing up business purpose. 
It may seem straightforward but there are certain criteria to be met. 
The business purpose should be clear, specific, commercial and legitimate. 
To put it in a nutshell, the business purpose should be comprehensible and legal. Alternatively, you should check if your business operation requires a business license.
As for the address of the registered office, although there is no major restriction on fixing address of the registered office, it is where your company resides and thus has to be an effective and living physical address. 
It is the place where all official documents, correspondence, notices and reminders to the company directors from courts and government agencies are delivered and such communications automatically deemed to have been received by them. 
On the other hand, your day-to-day business activities and routine administration can be conducted from any other location.


The company seal, a.k.a. “company stamp or & signatory E needs to be crafted. 
It is also known as “Hanko E 
In Japan, a company seal is used in many business scenes. 
Business offers are usually accompanied by official documents with notarized company seals stamped on them. 
Each one shall be individually carved and the price for the seal varies from 2,000 to 300,000 yen. 



Articles of association are often referred to as “the constitution of a company Eas they determine the internal rules of your business operation. 
Naturally, it should be structured carefully and effectively. 
The certain minimum information that should be contained in articles of association, aka Absolute entries, is as follows: 
1. Business purpose 
2. Trade name 
3. Address of the registered office 
4. Amount of capital 
5. Name and address of a promoter 
6. Total numbers of shares to be issued 
Matters that may be included in articles of association, aka relative entries, are as follows: 
1. Investment in Kind / Goods Financing 
2. Rules on Transfer of Shares 
3. Fiscal year of association 
4. Matters relating to the General Meeting of Shareholders. 



You need to have a certificate that certifies that the share capital is deposited with the promoter’s bank account. 
Either a copy of promoter’s bank book or his/her bank balance certificate may be used as the certificate. 



Application is submitted to the Legal Affairs Bureau. 
It will normally take about 10 to 14 days for the registration is completed!